Continued from Section One.
Transparency, Vulnerability, and Direct Communication
Transparency: free from pretense or deceit, readily understood.
Vulnerability: uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.
Direct Communication: clearly stated opinions and feelings, firm advocacy for one’s own rights and needs without violating the same of others.
There is a difference between privacy and secrecy, and many organizations operate in the realm of the latter. Privacy is oft considered key in the exploration of self – to form our own identities as individuals and communities. Privacy protects us because what is right for us is not always what is legal. Secrecy, however, is a weapon that oft does great harm to others.
A community that forms on transparency and operates with poise in its objectives will be more robust and will better prepare it’s members for future leadership to maintain that very same (or new) community in the future.
Many of us have been socialized to believe that all vulnerability is weakness. Lucenti assert this is not so. There is much ingrained in us to react with shame and defensiveness as the only response to perceived weakness or failure. If we can engage the world around us with open hearts and minds, as well as the ability to communicate what we need and want in return, there’s much that we can accomplish.
Being able to get clear, concise, and direct feedback on your opinions and behaviors can serve as an incredible mechanism for growth and development. There can be no resolution to a problem that is not verbalized. Neither can an organization that claims to represent its members meet those needs without direct channels of feedback.